Just last month I went to the Child Life Conference in New Orleans. This was my first time attending conference and it was MAGICAL! I don’t know why I had never gone as a student – I guess I thought that going to conference was more of a professionals thing to go to, but I was wrong! To all of you Child Life Students out there reading my blog, GO TO CONFERENCE IF YOU’RE ABLE TO! They have a little session for students and it’s such an amazing networking opportunity for future internships, jobs, and schools.
Here’s a recap of all of the fun:
New Orleans was a BLAST to visit. I’ve been to NOLA before but it’s such a fun city full of culture, delicious food, and child life specialists (during conference anyways)!
Alright so, I love shopping just as much as the next girl… especially when it’s for Child Life things! The exhibit hall was full of vendors that tailor to Child Life Specialist. This was a great place to see what resources are out there in the Child Life world as a professional and for personal things like cute water bottles, child life badges, and postcards.
Some of my favorites from the exhibit hall were:
(I was not paid by any of these companies/organizations to promote them – although, that would be really cool if I was.)
http://www.alphabotz.com/ – no mess coloring play books
http://www.comfortkits.org/ – send free comfort kits to pediatric patients
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aquatic-Relief-Therapy/371079936335589 – fish tank on wheels!
http://www.monkeyinmychair.org/ – life size stuffed monkey to sit in (chronically ill patients) seat at school
http://www.projectsunshine.org/ – provide resources to children/families in hospitals
Being able to choose sessions to go to and be surrounded by fellow CCLS was so exciting. I learned a lot from the sessions I went to and the CLC even handed out jump drives with all of the powerpoints/handouts from all of the sessions so you don’t miss out on anything. There were also many people at the CLC from around the world to participate in the international summit following the child life conference.